The inner Wollongong suburb of Gwynneville has participated willingly in this wonderful city’s transformation from what was very much a blue-collar place to one of Australia’s most vibrant tourist magnets.
Wollongong’s main harbour and beaches are within easy walking distance of the city centre, and the busy industrial centre of Port Kembla is just a few kilometres south.
The city of Wollongong stretches out over more than 30km of breathtaking coastline, pristine beaches. To the west, rich and rolling countryside - including bushland and rainforest - lead up to the spectacular Illawarra Escarpment from where the views up and down the coast are some of the most spectacular in Australia.
South of Gwynneville is the Macquarie Pass, which winds up the escarpment through impressive stands of towering gums and cedars and pockets of verdant rainforest.
This steep road will take you into the heart of the Southern Highlands region which is not only serene, beautiful and home to the well-heeled but is also full of history and historic buildings, especially in and around towns such as Moss Vale, Mittagong and Bowral.